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District title up for grabs at BGM

Oct 18, 2012

Even after eight weeks of football, it’s hard to make sense of the convoluted mess that is Class A District 6.

Expect things to look a lot clearer after Week 9.

With one week to go in the regular season, district frontrunners Pekin and BGM will meet Friday in what could amount to the de facto championship game. The only problem is two other teams — Lynnville-Sully and Montezuma — are also tied atop the District 6 standings and have their own matchup Friday.

Pekin (7-1, 5-1 District 6) is sure about one thing — they are in the playoffs for the second straight year — but that’s about it as the Panthers could realistically end up district champs, in fourth place or anything in between.

In many ways, Pekin head coach Joe Donovan believes BGM (6-2, 5-1) will be his team’s hardest test of the season.

“They do a good job getting the ball to running backs and getting the ball to them in several different ways,”said Donovan. “They also have a nice running back [in Jack Kline] who runs hard.”

Kline, who has used his speed and BGM’s physical front to garner a team-high 644 yards, will receive his share of carries Friday. Two other backs, Kyle Gritsch and Nate Beck, join Kline and have already gained more than 500 yards each.

“We’re going to have to play physical, fundamentally sound and tackle well,” Donovan said of his players.

And like Pekin with quarterback Graham Wittrock, BGM has its own efficient signal caller in Bryan Kriegel. The junior has thrown for 606 yards with nine touchdowns to two interceptions in 2012.

Regardless of the many playoff scenarios, Donovan insists his team is focused solely on the task at hand and not the games they can’t control. If the Panthers win Friday, they will at least secure themselves homefield in the opening round of the playoffs.

“We need to take care of BGM and not worry about anything else,” Donovan said.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Brooklyn.

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